Friday February 28, 2014
Green eggs and ham, anyone? This weekend (March 2) is Dr. Seuss' birthday. Celebrate by reading a few Seuss books and/or watching TV renditions of his fabulous tales.
Our favorite Seuss story is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but since the holiday season has passed, we'll likely read a couple of his longer tales like Horton Hears a Who or The Lorax and some fun shorter ones as well. Many of these fun rhyming stories are available in cartoon version on DVD, and some have been turned into full length theatrical releases, Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax included.
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Also, on Monday and throughout next week, PBS KIDS is celebrating Seuss' birthday with new episodes of the educational show for preschoolers The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That. This educational series stars Seuss' famous Cat in the Hat, who takes his friends Nick and Sally on scientific adventures where they learn about animals, habitats and other types of natural science. Check local PBS listings for exact times. Or, you can also find episodes of The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That on DVD and on demand.
While reading is the most obvious and educational way to celebrate Seuss' b-day, watching movie versions of his stories can be educational too. TV time coupled with reading and parent interaction can even help kids develop communication skills and early literacy skills. Extend the learning even further by having kids create their own wacky character and write a rhyming story like Dr. Seuss did.
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Saturday February 8, 2014
For my daughter's birthday we saw the sing along version of Frozen at the movie theater. Thanks to Disney, we now have a couple more stories to add to our repertoire of funny stories about our kids:
First, after the movie we ate a cake that had snowmen on it. My 3-year-old nephew was ecstatic to get one of the generic looking frosting snowmen. After he ate his cake, my husband asked, "How did Olaf taste?" My poor nephew dissolved into sobs. "I didn't want to EAT Olaf!" he wailed. His mother asked him if he gave Olaf a warm hug before he died. This did not help his emotional state. He was finally consoled by a frosting tree and my sad attempt at drawing Olaf on his napkin. The whole scene was both heartbreaking and adorable.
Second, my daughter now has a new response every time we tell her we're leaving, it's cold out and she should get a coat. She simply says, "The cold never bothered me anyway," and she proceeds to the door with no coat. My husband and I just roll our eyes and let it go.
(Photo © Disney)
Monday February 3, 2014
I went to see The LEGO Movie last weekend, and I took my 8-year-old daughter with me. When we got to the theater, we were thrilled to see a giant LEGO display that was a LEGO city much like the one in the movie. The display had been created by a local chapter of TexLUG and Brick Fiesta, and it was a huge success. Every kid that walked through the theater doors started gunning for that table as soon as they saw it.
What is it about a LEGO world that is so mesmerizing? It's that way with any little world -- dioramas, models, snow globes, whatever -- creating little worlds is just so whimsical and fun.
Anyway, as we walked away from the table and the crowd of kids oohing and ahhing at the city, my daughter said to me, "Wow, that was some great advertising!" I was so interested that she made that connection. We have worked hard to teach our kids to think critically about advertising, so I was glad to see her applying those thinking skills to this unique campaign.
Now I don't want to raise a bunch of cynics, but I think she was able to enjoy and appreciate the fun LEGO display for exactly what it was: a wonderful display of hard work and creativity, and a way to advertise the movie.
(Photo © CB )
Saturday January 18, 2014
Saddle up partners! Sheriff Callie's Wild West premieres Monday, January 20th on the Disney Channel at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, you can catch a few episodes on Watch Disney Junior. The show is a rootin' tootin' good time for preschoolers that pays flavorful homage to Westerns and the Old West.
(Photo © Disney)
And on February 3 at 1 P.M. (ET/PT), you can catch Nickelodeon's newest show for preschoolers, Wallykazam! This series feature mythical characters like ogres, trolls and sprites, and the show has a strong literacy based curriculum much like those we usually see on PBS shows for kids.
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